Whether you’re looking to broaden your horizons after many years in the job market or you’re a school leaver looking to acquire an apprenticeship, there are a few different questions you should ask yourself before choosing the right skilled trade to suit your aims and goals. Getting into a skilled trade that you love is the perfect way of developing your skillset and providing a base-level expertise in something that can really help develop your career further down the line.
This guide will offer you all the relevant information and insights to help you pick a career path that suits you; it will look into the skills you already possess, and the ones you want to develop, as well as the type of insurance policies and growth strategies the potential companies have for their new employees or apprentices.
What skills do you already possess?
A good place to start when looking to choose your perfect skilled trade is to analyse the skills you already possess. It may be the case that you’re great with your hands and construction, or you’re a superb painter, or maybe you’ve got an expert knowledge of computer systems and binary code. Whatever the skills that you have in the repertoire, it’s a good idea to pick a skilled trade that is going to be something you’re going to enjoy and master the skill.
Already possessing a basic competency in your trade can make it easier to bed yourself into the new company, while allowing you to do something that you really love. On the other side of the coin, choosing a trade that you’re not necessarily skilled in or averse too could cause further confusion on your career path down the line, and it’s best not to waste time. When it comes to choosing a job, do what’s right for you, not what sounds good on paper.
Does the company you’re planning on work for possess valid insurance?
Once you’ve gotten past the first hurdle of deciding the best line of work suited to your career goals, current skills and fields, then you’re going to have to find a company within the industry that works for you. When doing your research surrounding potential companies to go and ply your trade, it’s a good idea to look for businesses that really value their junior or entry level employees as well as most importantly, business who possess all the valid health and safety requirements in addition to solid employer insurance policies.
Business and insurance go hand in hand, and it’s important that as an employee you’re protected in the event of something going wrong. All businesses should possess employer liability insurance for their employees and this type of insurance is a legal requirement in the UK. Employers’ liability insurance will cover employees and businesses in the event of a claim being made against the business when compensation or sickness pay need to be paid.
Alternatively, public liability insurance isn’t a legal requirement in the UK but there’s no reason why businesses should purchase this form of insurance if they’re working with other contractors or among the general public. Public liability insurance covers the business you work for against any claims made by third parties, paying out on compensation claims, legal costs, and medical bills for the affected party in question. If an incident does occur and your business does not possess this form of insurance, it could place great financial strain on the business and lead to insolvency issues that could potentially mean you’re out of a job.
Is there any room for growth and development within the business or become an expert?
Once you’ve got over the hurdle of finding out whether the trade or business that you’re going to be heading to possesses those all-important insurance policies, it’s a good idea to look into the opportunity for growth and development within your new place of work. Once you’ve served your apprenticeship and became qualified in your given trade, you’re going to want to develop your skills further.
During the interview process, why not ask questions about the opportunity to up-skill and embark on training courses to further enhance your skills, or if there’s any propensity for gaining promotions and higher rates of pay. Everyone should be ambitious in the personal and career growth they’d want to achieve while working for a company, and a business who does not value this should be ignored. Entry-level employees should be valued just as much as senior members of staff.
Whether you’re in it for the long-haul, or you’re considering becoming self-employed in your trade, you must have a solid understanding of the ins and outs of the business, in order to take on any external opportunities elsewhere. For example, in an era dominated by conversation surround climate change and natural resources it may be a good idea to get into the renewable energy industry and build your trade that way. Conversely, it’s probably not the best time to become butcher. Choose a business where you can become an expert in your trade and make your mark.
Choosing the perfect skilled trade can be a daunting task, with so many considerations to be made. Above all, it’s important to fall into something that you know you’re going to love, and you’ve got the ambition and desire to achieve something, or grow within the business. Secondly, you should consider the insurance policies and company culture within a business. A lack of infrastructure or a lackadaisical approach to employee and third-party safety could be the first red flag of many when you’re beginning your new role.
There are many different types of business insurance policies available at Tradesman Saver, for both new and existing businesses looking to boost their protection, as well as their reputation, in the eyes of potential contractors and future employees. Call Tradesman Saver today to find a business insurance policy that’s perfect for you.